“After Liverpool, we talk” Monreal explains Arsenal’s change in fortunes after terrible start

Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi were pleased with a win over ‘difficult’ Brighton.

Monreal and Iwobi scored the only goals of the game and spoke to BT Sport after the final whistle.

Iwobi scored his first goal of the season in just his second league start and believes that game wasn’t as comfortable as some would believe.

“I wouldn’t say it was comfortable, but we made as easy we can,” he said.

“Brighton are a very good team and made it difficult for us. It’s always a great result to win the game and come out with a clean sheet.”

Monreal, meanwhile, was understandably happy to have scored. It was just his second league goal since joining the club in January 2013 and gave Arsenal an early lead in the game.

“I feel very lucky to score today,” Monreal said.

“We knew that it was going to be a difficult game because they defend with a lot of players. It’s not easy.

“I was lucky to be there and score my second goal for Arsenal and help the team with my goal. But the most important thing is we got the three points and we have to keep going.”

Arsenal haven’t lost a game since the 4-0 defeat against Liverpool, and Monreal has put that down to the team being more compact and keeping more clean sheets.

“After Liverpool, we talk because cannot play as we did against Liverpool,” he said.

“I think from there the team reacted. We’re playing more compact, we defend with all the players. We have a clean sheet, that’s very important for us because we have top players up front, they’re going to score goals so if the defenders can help the team with a clean sheet it’s much better for us.”

Arsenal go into the international break with six wins from their last seven games. In that time, they’ve kept five clean sheets and have scored 15 goals.

They will need to retain this new found compactness when they travel to Watford and Everton after the international break.

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